Amazon’s “Man in the High Castle” Has Some Tasty Tidbits of Political and Social Imagination

I’ve collected all the text messages, e-mails & Twitter status updates I’ve written about Amazon Prime’s The Man in the High Castle. I’ve added some hyperlinks to explanatory content.

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Me to friends: Have u watched “Man in the High Castle” on Amazon Prime?

Friend 1: Not yet, Good?

Friend 2: Alternate realities = time travel. I don’t waste time with time travel stories. Am I wrong?

Me: Philip K Dick’s novel is good, although it’s been some time since I read it. I’ve watched first season & 2-3 episodes in 2nd Season. Like most screen adaptations, it has more “action” than the novel, but it does incorporate some of the novel’s more thoughtful premises, such as the obsession of Japanese elite with Americana, artifacts of American history. So far, no time travel, but there are hints of it. Usually when time travel happens, episodic TV does deteriorate. The most prominent theme I’ve seen so far is resistance versus collaboration. It also has juicy tidbits, especially related to the Nazis. They prefer soccer & track & field to baseball, which they consider degenerate & unmanly. They serve their guests milk, which is even today a symbolic drink for white supremacists. They teach in school & in citizenship course “American exterminations,” presumably to make White American subjects more comfortable with Nazi racial policies.

George Lincoln Rockwell, who was the actual head of the American Nazi Party, appears in this season as the chief Reich guy in N America.
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The song in the intro credits is also good.

The Man in the High Castle Intro Credits from Chris Rowe on Vimeo.

I’ve watched all released episodes. The alternative reality feature has become a main plot feature, but I don’t believe it’s produced the same plot distortions that time travel did in Heroes & the Terminator franchise & 12 Monkeys (I liked 12 Monkeys.) Nevertheless, the tidbits I like, namely the worldbuilding of an explicitly fascist United States, are less frequent. The heroic acts of the resistance have become more prominent. It’s become more action and less political and social imagination. Nevertheless, I’m in for the next and final season.

 

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